Greek, Italian coastguards: Nearly 2 000 new migrants

2015-12-25 21:15
Two children sit on a beach after crossing with other refugees the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos. (Santi Palacios, AP)

Two children sit on a beach after crossing with other refugees the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos. (Santi Palacios, AP)

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Athens/Rome - Greece and Italy reported the arrival of nearly 2 000 migrants from Turkey and North Africa on Friday.

Around 1 700 migrants arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus from Turkey via the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, the Greek Coastguard reported.

The number makes more than 12 000 migrants to arrive in Piraeus this week.

The Italian coastguard meanwhile reported rescuing 99 migrants from a dinghy in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily overnight.

More than 800 000 migrants came via the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece this year, and 150 000 from North Africa to Italy, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organisation for Migration said on Tuesday.

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